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Community Bike Shop Initiative

In 2010, the Holyoke Food and Fitness Policy Council proposed creating a community bike shop to offer community members free classes on how to build, fix, and maintain bicycles. The aim of the project is to provide a fun, effective way to address obesity, limited access to recreation, and the need for leadership / job skills development.

Comprehensive Community Strategic Planning to Revitalize the Rural South - Southern Bancorp - Arkansas

Southern Bancorp has the mission to revitalize struggling rural communities in Arkansas and the Mississippi Delta. For years, Southern Bancorp invested millions of dollars to mitigate poverty in these communities, but the effort failed to have a significant impact on reducing poverty. Southern’s innovative strategy is to build long-term partnerships with residents, local leaders, the business community, nonprofits, and other stakeholders to establish community goals, build capacity to achieve them, and maintain momentum until the goals are achieved and the community begins to turn around.

Healthcare and Community Empowerment Programme

2007, The Life Community Based Organization was formed, with the mission of serving the poor and marginalized communities in the Kariobangi and Korogocho slums through participatory engagements aimed at addressing their felt needs and aspirations for better health. The program had four components: HIV/AIDS prevention, Orphaned and Vulnerable Children Support, Community Pharmacy and Essential Drug Supply, and Comedy in Healthcare Initiative.

Downtown Dollars

The Downtown Dollars program was created to support "buying local” in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.  The program provided Downtown Dollars at a discount of 50% of their face value to shoppers in the Ardmore community, and the Downtown Dollars could be spent at local Ardmore businesses.  $15,000 Downtown Dollars were released in the community in May 2010, generating, in five months, total sales of $19,000+ at 47 local businesses.

Empowering Girls Through Skills, Knowledge, and Leadership

Sindh Community Foundation started a dialogue with Tando Muhammad Khan community members about girls’ education and community needs. They developed a project to train the girls on basic and advanced computer skills, provide career counseling, awareness, and job skills training, establish a Girls Youth Resource Center, and build the girls' capacity on social activism and understanding of social issues ranging from confidence building, life skills, HIV/AIDS, RH problems, gender, human rights, social activism, and leadership.

Seabee Battalion Community Leadership Program for Youth

The mission of the Marvin Shields Seabee Battalion is to provide youth of Polk County, Florida, a drug-free environment where they can learn life leadership skills and at the same time help their community. Cadets with Marvin Shields Seabee Battalion work with local community leaders on projects such as feeding the hungry, packing care boxes for the troops, and helping with Habitat for Humanity.

New Life Education Project for Remand Home Children

Rainbow Gate Foundation Nigeria, a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Nigeria, was founded in 2009 to help youths and underserved individuals in Nigeria. One of Rainbow Gate Foundation’s projects is the New Life Education Program for Remand Home Children, which helps at-risk children. Project volunteers work with children known for anti-social behaviors to increase their knowledge about social life through a Guardian and Counseling initiative.

Summer Enrichment Program

The mission of Neighborhood-based Family Intervention Center is to provide intensive, community-based intervention/prevention strategies to hold youths to the conditions of their probation and increase the family's awareness of available resources in the community. They recently provided a summer camp aimed to bring youth together, reduce anti-social behavior in the community, and keep youth from committing any crimes or getting involved with gangs while out of school.

Ecological Sanitation Closes the Loop Between Health, Sanitation, and Food Security

The Association of Locally-Empowered Youth in Northern Mindanao aims to improve ecology and sanitation by implementing appropriate solutions to the lack of water and resources. Because water is scarce in the area, causing a lack of toilets, health problems such as diarrhea and worm infestation are common; the project implemented eco-sanitation, urine-diverting dehydration toilets to help improve conditions using the resources that are available.

SimplyHelp Cambodia

SimplyHelp is a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles dedicated to relieving poverty by providing emergency disaster relief, vocational training, and shelter and care. SimplyHelp established a branch in Cambodia, with two vocational training schools – computer training and tailoring – run by Cambodians. To date, SimplyHelp Cambodia has graduated over 4000 students, of which 85% find a job either working for a big company, in banking, for an NGO, or they open up their own shop, or go on to higher education.